Winner's Auctions No. 111

Important Historic Documents, Haskalah, Einstein, Seforim, Manuscripts and Letters from Rabbis and Rebbes

December 11, 2018
Opening $1,000
Estimate $1,300 - $1,500

Very rare letter signed by the leaders of the Reisen Kollel, all lofty people and cornerstones of the chassidic community in Tiberias. The letter features Torah thoughts and a blessing for Sir Moses Montefiore for his help on behalf of the Jewish community in Tiberias. Tiberias, [1855].

The letter is signed by the "trustees and supervisors of the Kollel Reisen community in the Holy City, Tiberias."

* Rabbi Menachem Eliezer - brother of Rabbi Moshe of Kobrin. He immigrated to Tiberias in 1833 and passed away during his brother's lifetime, in 1856. At first he was the assistant of Rabbi Shaul Harker, but after the latter's passing, he became a leader of Kollel Reisen and the first signatory.

* Rabbi Chaim David Eliyahu son of Natan Nota - leader of the chassidic community. Born in Jerusalem, he passed away in Tiberias in 1869. He was the son-in-law of Rabbi Shaul Harker [son of Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh, one of the leaders of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk's group, and Rabbi Avraham of Kalisk]. Refer to Nachlat Tzvi, booklet 16, p. 145.

* Rabbi Menachem Mendel son of Mordechai - Epstein of Minsk, father-in-law of Rabbi Noach Weinberg [father of Admor Avraham of Slonim, author of Birkat Avraham. In other words, Rabbi Mendel was the grandfather of this Admor.] He was known as "Rabbi Mendel Reischer." He was well-respected, and his opinion carried weight regarding decisions in Tiberias, and even the Arabs admired him. Refer to Yesod HaMaaleh for more information regarding these signatories.

[1] leaf, paper. 20x29 cm.

Very fine. Filing holes, fold marks.

Sir Moses Montefiore